AT&T Aspire Accelerator

Are you on a mission to use technology to enhance learning and help every student achieve a bright, successful future?

Technology is changing the world – it is changing how we communicate, how we work, and how we play. It is also fundamentally changing how we learn.

Mobile technology, applications, and services are empowering students to achieve, removing barriers to graduation, enabling teachers, and preparing today’s learners for the jobs of tomorrow.

The Aspire Accelerator works with organizations that use technology to help students succeed, strengthen schools and communities, or prepare learners for employment.

The Aspire Accelerator will connect you with the resources, services, expertise, and relationships they need to drive exponential change in how we learn.

The 2016 Accelerator Class


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Boulder, CO – provides monthly subscription to coding projects that teach grade-schoolers to program apps. For more information, download the fact sheet or visit their website.

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Athens, GA – this interactive case study software has students acting like scientists, learning science concepts and honing problem solving skills. For more information, download the fact sheet or visit their website.

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Washington, DC – a free digital platform that helps teachers find and plan engaging lessons and track student progress in reading. For more information, download the fact sheet or visit their website.

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Denver, CO – an engaging app that exposes students to STEM careers using videos, games and self-reflection quizzes. For more information, download the  fact sheet or visit their website.

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San Francisco, CA – a multilingual texting platform that connects teachers, families and students via mobile technology. For more information, download the fact sheet or visit their website.

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Chicago, IL – an online platform connecting teachers with on-demand teaching assistants to grade and provide thorough feedback on student work.  For more information, download the fact sheet or visit their website.

Accelerator Benefits


Aspire Investment

$100,000 AT&T Aspire investment and an additional $25,000 to cover costs associated with the program.


Customized Program

Access to expertise, services and relationships tailored to your organization throughout the six month program.



Connect with AT&T and external mentors from the education and technology ecosystems.


National platform

Be a part of the broader AT&T Aspire initiative, which is committed to driving innovation in education on a national scale.


Flexible Location

Stay where you are based. Unlike other accelerators, you do not have to move to participate in the Aspire Accelerator.



Benefit from program collaborators including GSVLabs, Idean and Runway.


  • January

    Applications Open

  • February 5

    Application period closes

  • April

    All Applicants are Notified

  • May


  • November

    Demo Day

Application period closes

Application must be submitted by 3pm EST (12pm PST) on February 5, 2016.

All applicants are notified

All applicants will be notified of their application status in April.


Work with the Aspire Accelerator team to lay out your goals for the program and how we can help you achieve these objectives.

Demo Day

Pitch your product or service to investors, AT&T executives and education stakeholders.


Every organization has different needs. We will work with you to hand-pick mentors from AT&T and the ed-tech community who will help you create exponential change in education.


Board of Advisors

The Aspire Accelerator’s primary objective is to foster the Education Technology ecosystem and support innovative new products and services in education. The Aspire Accelerator’s Board of Advisors supports the program and shares our mission for social impact.

Charles Best Founder and CEO of

Charles Best is the CEO and Founder of, a nonprofit organization which provides a simple way to address educational inequity. At, public school teachers create classroom project requests and donors can pick the projects they want to support. For more information on Charles click here.

Kimberly Bryant
Founder of Black Girls Code

Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to “changing the face of technology” by introducing underrepresented girls to the field of technology and computer science. For more information on Kimberly click here.

Elizabeth Corcoran Co-Founder and CEO of EdSurge

Elizabeth “Betsy” Corcoran is co-founder and CEO of EdSurge, an award-winning news and information source on education technology. EdSurge delivers weekly newsletters for educators and entrepreneurs, as well as the industry's most comprehensive index of edtech products, and runs conferences around the country where educators and entrepreneurs meet on common ground. For more information on Betsy click here.

Ben Jealous
Partner at Kapor Center for Social Impact

Benjamin Todd Jealous is the former president and CEO of the NAACP. He stepped down from his post at the end of 2013. Ben has been a leader of successful state and local movements to ban the death penalty, outlaw racial profiling, defend voting rights, secure marriage equality, and free multiple wrongfully incarcerated people. For more information on Ben click here.

Nancy Lue
Executive Director of GSV Summit

Nancy Lue is the Executive Director of GSV Summit where she oversees GSV education network relations including the annual ASU GSV Summit, the premier event for the entrepreneurial ecosystem in education. She previously served as founding General Manager of the EdTech Innovation Lab at GSVlabs and was formerly Senior Advisor and head of strategy at the U.S. Department of Education. For more information on Nancy click here.

Daniel Lurie
Co-Founder and CEO of Tipping Point

Before founding Tipping Point in 2005, Daniel Lurie worked for the Bill Bradley Presidential Campaign, Accenture Consulting and the Robin Hood Foundation in New York City. September 11th 2001 fell within Daniel’s first week of work at Robin Hood and he was humbled to witness Robin Hood’s relief efforts to lift up the city. For more information on Daniel click here.

Ramona Pierson Co-Founder and CEO of Declara

At the age of 22, Ramona Pierson was hit by a drunk driver while running and spent 18 months in a coma and 11 years blind. She relearned everything from breathing and seeing to walking and smiling. From this experience arose the drive to build companies where personalized learning and relearning were the center of all products. For more information on Ramona click here.

Sebastian Thrun President and Chairman of Udacity

Sebastian Thrun has set his sights on democratizing higher education. Co-founder and CEO of Udacity, Sebastian is also a Research Professor at Stanford University and a Google Fellow, as well as the inventor of the autonomous car and project lead on Google Glass. For more information on Sebastian click here.


The Accelerator collaborates with external organizations, including the ones listed below, to support participating organizations and help them grow their education solutions at scale.



For more information on AT&T's Accelerator please visit our FAQ page.


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Washington, DC – a platform (web & iOS) that lets teachers create and share interactive video lessons. For more information, download the fact sheet or visit their website.


San Francisco, CA – a nonprofit software service and mobile iOS and Android app that guides and motivates community college students by using customized nudges to take actions and engage in behaviors proven to help them graduate faster. For more information, download the fact sheet or visit their website.


Raleigh, NC. – an education innovation firm providing a research-backed, online platform & services for educators and their organizations to know and manage the technologies that are best for their classrooms. For more information, download the fact sheet or visit their website.


Oakland, CA – an ed-tech social enterprise that creates highly-engaging mobile games to empower teens and young adults with financial capability skills. For more information, download the fact sheet or visit their website.


Brooklyn, NY – A nonprofit literacy tool that builds students’ grammar skills through personalized writing and proofreading activities. For more information, download the fact sheet or visit their website.

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